Floating World Gallery

Floating World Gallery Specializing in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, the 18th century to present
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Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. Floating World Gall

ery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Recent, critically acclaimed exhibitions have included Creating What Has Never Been, an exhibition of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics (Sept. 24 -Nov. 19, 2010), Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino (Dec. 3, 2010 – Jan. 28, 2011), Brush as Blade: Paintings and Prints by Toko Shinoda (Feb. 4 – April 1, 2011) and Mountain Shadows: A Selection of Contemporary Masterworks (Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, 2011).

SMALL BUT MIGHTYWe’ve been saving these small kabuki prints from the Shin Nagao Magazine for our Little Something for th...
11/30/2023

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

We’ve been saving these small kabuki prints from the Shin Nagao Magazine for our Little Something for the Holidays Exhibition since Bill brought them back from his trip to last January. Shin Nagao (New Prints) was a magazine published in 5 volumes in 1915. It was a collaboration among many artists, and served primarily to advertise the Kabuki Theater.

Below are a selection of the Shin Nagao Prints in the Exhibtion. Click on the images below for more information. The entire A Little Something for the Holidays Exhibition can be viewed at https://floatingworld.com/a-little-something-for-the-holidays-for-2023/

MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS SPARKLEA great way to add a little sparkle to your holidays is to buy a sparkly woodblock print by Ha...
11/29/2023

MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS SPARKLE

A great way to add a little sparkle to your holidays is to buy a sparkly woodblock print by Hajime Namiki (b. 1947). We have 9 Namiki works in our December 8 No Reserve Holiday Auction, including those shown below.

Click on the images below for more information, including a direct link to the print in our auction. The entire auction can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/2023HolidayAuction

Our 'A Little Something for the Holidays' online exhibition is live on our website. It is a fun selection of small Japan...
11/29/2023

Our 'A Little Something for the Holidays' online exhibition is live on our website. It is a fun selection of small Japanese prints – perfect for a gift or to treat yourself.

Pictured:
1. Umetaro Azechi (1902-1999) Red Volcano
2. Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) Summer – Four Seasons of the Oak Tree
3. Unsigned, Pond in Mountains

Exhibition here: tinyurl.com/LittleSomething2023

Our annual Holiday No Reserve Auction of Japanese Prints catalog just went live. Pictured here is:Lot 38 - Tomikichiro T...
11/27/2023

Our annual Holiday No Reserve Auction of Japanese Prints catalog just went live. Pictured here is:

Lot 38 - Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-2000) Stargazer Lily, c. 1950

Lot 39 - Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-2000) Tiger Lily, c. 1950

Click here to preview the auction: tinyurl.com/2023HolidayAuction

ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS?It’s time for our annual exhibition and sale A Little Something for the Holidays. Th...
11/27/2023

ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS?

It’s time for our annual exhibition and sale A Little Something for the Holidays. This exhibition, featuring smaller prints priced at $300 or less, tends to sell quickly, so please act quickly for the best selection.

View the Print: https://tinyurl.com/FWG23801

View the Exhibition: https://tinyurl.com/LittleSomething2023

YOSH*TOSHI PRINTS FROM TWO EARLY SERIESWe have been selling Japanese woodblock prints since 1987, and sold well over 100...
11/25/2023

YOSH*TOSHI PRINTS FROM TWO EARLY SERIES

We have been selling Japanese woodblock prints since 1987, and sold well over 1000 prints by Yosh*toshi. However, there are four prints in upcoming Holiday No Reserve Auction on December 8 from series that we haven’t offered until now – List of Elegant Actors (1862) and The Journey to the West, A Popular Version (1864-65). Our theory is that these series were produced very early in Yosh*toshi’s career, decades before his Moon, Ghosts and Beauties series cemented his popularity as an artist, and as a result, there were just fewer copies printed, and even fewer surviving.

While the List of Elegant Actors Series is mentioned on Yosh*toshi.net, it is not illustrated. A detailed description of the Journey West Series, with images, can be viewed at https://yosh*toshi.net/series/journeywest.html

Click on the images below for more information, including a direct link to the print in our auction. The entire auction, including 18 Yosh*toshi prints, can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/2023HolidayAuction

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR THE HOLIDAYS - SNEAK PEEK!While we haven’t decided whether to post our annual A Little Something ...
11/17/2023

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR THE HOLIDAYS - SNEAK PEEK!

While we haven’t decided whether to post our annual A Little Something for the Holidays sale on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we do know a few things that we can share – there will be over 100 prints in the exhibition, all priced at $300 or less. And we can give you a sneak peek and early buying opportunity for this seasonal etching by Tanaka Ryohei (1933-2019) – Fallen Leaves, 77/150, 1998.

Your can view and purchase this print now at https://tinyurl.com/fwgFallenLeaves

Be sure to check our website when the Exhibition is post or subscribe to our email list for a notice.

Interesting program on Monday.
10/27/2023

Interesting program on Monday.

Events Japanese Studies 10/30/2023 Online Meet the Yokai! Monsters From Japanese Folklore Time and Location October 30th, 9pm ET (October 31st, 10am JST) Online About This presentation will explore Japan’s rich culture of yokai: creatures from Japanese folklore that pop up in all sorts of places, ...

Not Your Average Saito Woodblock PrintsIn fact, not woodblock prints at all. Rather, these two designs are collagraphs. ...
10/21/2023

Not Your Average Saito Woodblock Prints

In fact, not woodblock prints at all. Rather, these two designs are collagraphs. Collagraphy is a printmaking process introduced in 1955 by Glen Alps in which materials are applied to a rigid substrate. In 1962, when Saito was 55, he made his second trip to the US. While teaching woodblock print making at the University of Washington. He learned collagraph printing from Glen Alps, who was teaching at the university.

According to the Kiyoshi Saito Museum of Art, Yanaizu, in the 1960s, despite his growing acclaim and popularity, Saito struggled to figure out in which direction he should proceed. He began questioning his own path as an artist and fell into such a deep slump in the 1960s that did not enter his studio. During this time of struggle he tried out new techniques like collagraph printing that he learned from is time at the University of Washington, as well as bokuga (sumi ink painting), both of which broadened his range of expression.

More information about these collagraphs is available by clicking on the images. Visit the Saito Museaum’s website at this, or make the treck to Yanaizu (we did in the 1990s). https://www.town.yanaizu.fukushima.jp/bijutsu/tocurators/en/profile/

We are flying close to our auction date! Pictured below:Lot 40 - Tsuruoka Kakunen (1892-1977) Macaw on a Flowering Branc...
10/19/2023

We are flying close to our auction date! Pictured below:

Lot 40 - Tsuruoka Kakunen (1892-1977) Macaw on a Flowering Branch, 1940
Lot 60 - Ohara Koson (1877-1945) Crow on a Snowy Bough, c. 1910
Lot 74 - Bertha Lum (1869-1954) Parakeet in Magnolia Tree, c. 1920
Lot 93 - Ohara Shoson (1877-1945) Egrets, 1926
Lot 107 - Yamamura Toyonari (1855-1952) Pelicans, 1926
Lot 122 - Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) Eagle Owl, 1968

The auction is exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absentee bids now or bid live at the auction, beginning at 9:00 am CT on Friday, October 20th.

Preview the auction here: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and is consideredis a sacred place. Following in the footsteps of their ukiyo-...
10/17/2023

Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and is consideredis a sacred place. Following in the footsteps of their ukiyo-e predecessors such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, many shin hanga artists included glimpses of this iconic site in their work.

Our 20th Century Japanese Print Auction, featuring over 250 genuine Japanese prints, includes several images of Mt. Fuji:

Lot 13 - Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) Mount Fuji, Narusawa, 1936
Lot 31 - Shotei Hiroaki (1871-1945) Fuji from Mizukubo, c. 1936
Lot 53 - Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) Lake Sai Sunset, 1938
Lot 81 - Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1991) View of Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashinoko, 1935

The auction is exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absentee bids now or bid live at the auction, beginning at 9:00 am CT on Friday, October 20th.

Preview the auction here: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

Calling All Serious Sosaku Hanga CollectorsWe are offering a complete set of Pictures of Japanese Native Customs of Japa...
10/14/2023

Calling All Serious Sosaku Hanga Collectors

We are offering a complete set of Pictures of Japanese Native Customs of Japan (Nihon Minzoku Zufu) as Lot 220 of our 20th Century Auction, exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform on October 20. This set consists of 12 woodblock prints that were created in 1946 by leading artists of the sosaku hanga movement and published as a folio by Uemura Masuo of Fugakug Shuppansha. The prints presented in cardboard folders with the names of artists and English titles attached. In addition to the 12 prints and folio, there is also a title page and accompanying pamphlet.

Artists and titles (* items illustrated in this post):

*Umetaro Azechi: Bull fight in Iyo
Sadao Kuroki: Shrine dance of Iwado, Kyushu
*Maeda Masao: Young woman of Ohshima
Yasoji Wakayama: Drying Cuttlefish at Esashi, Hokkaido
*Gen Yamaguchi: Evening bell of Amakusa Island in Kyushu
Maekawa Senpan:Gion festival in Kyoto
Maekawa Senpan: The "Naked Festival" of Urasa, Niigata
Doshun Mori: Tanabata festival at Hida, Gifu
*Kiyoshi Saito: Winter in Aizu
Jun'ichiro Sekino: Igloo
Jun'ichiro Sekino: Courtesan Procession in Tokyo, Yamagata
Hide Kawanishi: Harbor Festival

The Portland Art Museum has a copy of this set, with additional information, which can be viewed at this link: https://tinyurl.com/PortlandFolio

View Lot 220: https://tinyurl.com/Lot220Oct2023
View Auction: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

Fall is in full effect! We have several Autumn scenes in our upcoming auction.Explore over 250 genuine 20th century Japa...
10/13/2023

Fall is in full effect! We have several Autumn scenes in our upcoming auction.

Explore over 250 genuine 20th century Japanese prints exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absentee bids now or bid live on Friday, October 20th. Click here to preview the auction: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

Calling All Serious Shin Hanga CollectorsWe are offering a copy of the 1951 edition of the Catalogue of Watanabe Color P...
10/11/2023

Calling All Serious Shin Hanga Collectors

We are offering a copy of the 1951 edition of the Catalogue of Watanabe Color Prints in our October 20 auction of 20th Century prints, exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. There are 58 pages, including an original tipped in print by Tomoe.

According to ShinHanga.net this is apparently the first bound catalog issued by the S. Watanabe Color Prints Company after World War II. Rarely found in the marketplace today, it is a streamlined, more focused version of the landmark 1936 catalog.

View Lot 108: https://tinyurl.com/Lot108Oct2023
View Auction: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

Explore over 250 genuine 20th century Japanese prints exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absente...
10/11/2023

Explore over 250 genuine 20th century Japanese prints exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absentee bids now or bid live on Friday, October 20th. Pictured here are lots 163-171, works by Clifton Karhu (1927-2007) that we hope you love as much as we do! Click here to preview the auction: tinyurl.com/202320thCentury

10/06/2023

Explore over 250 genuine 20th century Japanese prints exclusively on the LiveAuctioneers platform. You can leave absentee bids now or bid live at the auction on Friday, October 20. This print is Lot 6, Snow at Mukojima, 1931, by Kawase Hasui (18837-1957).

View Lot 6: https://tinyurl.com/Lot6Oct2023
View Auction: https://tinyurl.com/23xmasinjuly

Specializing in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, the 18th century to present

09/21/2023

The Edo period ukiyo-e master was celebrated for his dynamic woodblock prints of kabuki actors

Today Christie’s NYC sold twoHokusai Great Waves. Lot 58 hammered for $1 million and Lot 63 sold for $200 thousand. Clic...
09/19/2023

Today Christie’s NYC sold two
Hokusai Great Waves. Lot 58 hammered for $1 million and Lot 63 sold for $200 thousand. Click on each image for the link to that print in the Christie’s catalogue.

09/13/2023

Explore over 50 genuine Japanese woodblock prints in our new exhibition Shotei Hiroaki- Shin Hanga Landscape Pioneer. Through the end of September, buy a print from this exhibition, and get another for 25% of by using the code FBHBOGO at checkout.

View Exhibition: http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki2023

Specializing in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, the 18th century to present

TWO NEW HASUI PRINTS ON THE FWG WEBSITE The prices for works by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) have continued to soar exponent...
09/13/2023

TWO NEW HASUI PRINTS ON THE FWG WEBSITE

The prices for works by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) have continued to soar exponentially. A more budget friendly option is Atozuri printings - recent printings from the original blocks. And one of the best producers of Atozuri works in The Watanabe Color Print Co.; perhaps because the current owner, Shoichiro Watanabe, is the grandson of the founder, Shozaburo Watanabe.

Watanabe's Atozuri works can be identified by the presence of a seal in the side margin. Initially the seal was red during the Heisei era, marked by the reign of Emperor Akihito. In May 2019, when Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne, Watanabe continued to use the same seal, but now it is printed in grey/black.

Bill came back from Japan with two new designs, each bearing the grey/black Reiwa era in the lower right margin. We only have a limited number of these prints, so act quickly to secure your copies.

Springtime Evening, Ote Gate, Imperial Palace, 1952
Night Rain at Kawarako. Ibaragi Prefecture, 1947

Click on images to enlarge. View all Reiwa Hasui designs on our site here: https://tinyurl.com/FWG-Hasui

Collect like a rock star!
09/09/2023

Collect like a rock star!

The private retreat of a global star, Freddie Mercury’s London home reflected his deep passion for Japanese works of art, writes Helen Barrett

SHOTEI HIROAKI - SHIN HANGA LANDSCAPE PIONEERIf you really think about it, Shotei Hiroaki, and not his more famous count...
09/08/2023

SHOTEI HIROAKI - SHIN HANGA LANDSCAPE PIONEER

If you really think about it, Shotei Hiroaki, and not his more famous counterparts - Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida - is the true pioneer of the landscape genre of the shin hanga school. Hiroaki's earliest prints date to 1907, while Hasui's were from 1918, and Yoshida's from 1920. Hiroaki's works, with some exceptions, have remained some of the most affordable shin hanga prints. This month we are featuring an exhibition of over 50 Hiroaki prints.

According to the seminal site for Hiroaki’s works, Shotei.com, Shozaburo Watanabe considered oban and larger prints to be "high class colour prints" while smaller format prints were considered commercial "tourist prints". Accordingly, most smaller prints published by Watanabe do not have the Watanabe publisher’s seal. The exception to this rule is the chuban format print Moonrise at Tokumochi, c. 1930s, pl. C-7, shown below. Every example we have seen of this design bears a white circular Watanabe seal in the lower right corner.

View the print on our site: https://tinyurl.com/hiroaki950059

View the entire exhibition at http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki2023

09/07/2023

Explore over 50 genuine Japanese woodblock prints in our new exhibition Shotei Hiroaki- Shin Hanga Landscape Pioneer. This print is Moon Under a Bridge at Hakozaki, c. 1930s. Shop early for the best selection.

View Print: https://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki940586
View Exhibition: http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki2023

Specializing in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, the 18th century to present

SHOTEI HIROAKI - SHIN HANGA LANDSCAPE PIONEER If you really think about it, Shotei Hiroaki, and not his more famous coun...
09/06/2023

SHOTEI HIROAKI - SHIN HANGA LANDSCAPE PIONEER

If you really think about it, Shotei Hiroaki, and not his more famous counterparts - Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida - is the true pioneer of the landscape genre of the shin hanga school. Hiroaki's earliest prints date to 1907, while Hasui's were from 1918, and Yoshida's from 1920. Hiroaki's works, with some exceptions, have remained some of the most affordable shin hanga prints.

This month we are featuring an exhibition of over 50 Hiroaki prints, including these four pre-earthquake designs. Click on the image to enlarge and for additional information and a direct link to the print on our website.

You can view the entire exhibition at http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki2023

09/05/2023

Explore over 50 genuine Japanese woodblock prints in our new exhibition Shotei Hiroaki- Shin Hanga Landscape Pioneer. This print is Cat and Tomato, 1931. Shop early for the best selection.

View Print: http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki940824
View Exhibition: http://tinyurl.com/Hiroaki2023

Specializing in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, the 18th century to present

Happy Labor Day to the workers of every field, with a special shout out to the Floating World staff, who are enjoying a ...
09/04/2023

Happy Labor Day to the workers of every field, with a special shout out to the Floating World staff, who are enjoying a well deserved day off. (Except Bill, who is in Japan, so it doesn’t count.)

ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE THINGSIn August, we shared selections from our personal Jun’ichiro Sekino collection. We return ...
09/02/2023

ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE THINGS

In August, we shared selections from our personal Jun’ichiro Sekino collection. We return to work in earnest after Labor Day, kicking things off with an exhibition of over 50 works by Shotei Hiroaki. Since one of our most prized prints in our personal collection is by Hiroaki, I thought I woul share it here.

Title: Awabi Pearl Fisher
Artist: Shotei Hiroaki (1871-1945)
Date: 1931
Dimensions : 20 1/2 x 14 3/ inches
Notes: Mica background; published by Fusui Gabo
Illustrated: Shotei.com, pl. O-69

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Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. Floating World Gallery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art.


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